Chuck Landon: Moss will be featured on ESPN's '30 for 30'
ESPN's "30 for 30" series has been in our 20.
The "20" is trucker's CB lingo, good buddy, for our town.
An ESPN crew recently visited Huntington, Charleston and Rand, W.Va., to interview media members, former coaches and old friends who are familiar with the former DuPont High School, Marshall University and NFL star athlete's background.
ESPN even was able to film Moss in his old Rand neighborhood because it coincided with his appearance at Marshall's 7-on-7 football camp.
The "30 for 30" series began in October 2009 as a series of documentary films airing on ESPN and its sister networks. The series highlights important people and events in sports history and the sports world.
It began with 30 stories on the first 30 years of ESPN's history. But it has grown since then. Such notable sports figures as Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali, Len Bias, Jimmy the Greek, Reggie Miller, Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan, Chris Evert and George Steinbrenner among many, many others have been featured.
But, now, "30 for 30" is expanding its scope to include college athletics. The Moss documentary will be the first installment of that genre.
An official announcement from ESPN about the "30 for 30" documentary on Moss is expected soon.
It undoubtedly will be a must-see event.
NINE AND COUNTING: Marshall's football program already has nine commitments for the Class of 2015. The list has grown thanks to five recent verbals.
The quartet includes two wide receivers, two offensive linemen and a defensive end.
The wideouts are Kyle Belack, 5-foot-11, 190-pound two-star prospect from Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Larry Dunnon, 6-4, 205 three-star recruit from Lake Worth, Fla.
Belack transferred to Myrtle Beach after making 4-A all-state as a junior at Carolina Forest High School. In 2013, Belack caught 67 passes for 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also was offered a scholarship by Ohio.
Dunnon also recently transferred schools from John I. Leonard to Palm Beach Central. He is expected to play wide receiver, tight end and safety for the Broncos in 2014. In fact, although Dunnon is listed as a wideout, Palm Beach Central head coach Tino Ierulli believes he's best suited for safety.
"With his height, his speed, his range and his hands, he would be a great safety," Ierulli told the Palm Beach Post newspaper. "I looked at his film and he's very impressive. He's a very good athlete."
That's why Dunnon also has offers from Miami (Fla.), FAU and South Alabama, according to PrepBuilders web site. It has been reported Dunnon has an offer from Alabama, but that appears to be incorrect.
The offensive linemen project as a pair of guards. They are Jason Jean, 6-2, 275, from Miami (Fla.) Central High School. According to 247Sports, he is similar to Rupert Bryan, who was a four-year starter at FIU for coach Alex Mirabal before he became the Herd's offensive line coach.
The other guard prospect is Logan Frieser, 6-3, 292, from Arlington (Ohio) High School. He also has offers from Fordham and Lehigh.
The fifth recent commitment is junior transfer Jeremiah Mitchell, 6-5, 255, from Riverside (Calif.) Community College. He is considered a "soft" verbal, however, because he also has offers from Tennessee, UAB and Georgia State, according to Rivals.com.
The list of nine verbals for the Class of 2015 doesn't include a quarterback.
ONE GONE: Marshall football also has some attrition. Defensive tackle Josh Brown has left the program, school officials confirmed.
Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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